Cloud-based Electronic Record System for Dental Research

The Collaboration for Health IT (Collaboration) is working to effect generational change in Electronic Health Records (EHR) software in order to advance progress in clinical care, research and education within the dental profession. Through the collaborative work as clinical educators, researchers and administrators at three top dental schools (Michigan, North Carolina & Pittsburgh) along with the member-owned advanced technology community, Internet2 and the vendor, ICE Health Systems, the Collaboration has built a secure, extensive, interoperable and high performance EHR which is delivered entirely through the Cloud.
In December 2016, the University of Michigan signed an agreement that moves the process into the implementation phase, with the launch expected in 2018. By making ICE available via Internet2’s Net+ services, the collaboration is broadening the benefits to every school that partners with Internet2. A recently released a Case Study on this Collaboration can be found here.
Prof Spallek serves as member of the Advisory Board of the Collaboration and chair of the Collaboration’s Research Working Group that is actively involved in ensuring that the new EHR supports clinical research as a design principle instead of an afterthought. Thus, starting the transformation of EHR data cemeteries into sources of knowledge. Incidentally, Dr Lynn Johnson, University of Michigan, USA; Heiko Spallek, University of Sydney, Australia; Mark Genuis, ICE Health Systems, Canada; and Nigel Pitts, Kings College London, UK presented at this year’s IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in San Francisco, Calif., USA presenting on how EHRs can support clinical research. The presentation was titled “How Cloud Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Support Research” and the slides can be found as PDF here. The presentation made a case for a caries standard for EHRs delivered by Nigel Pitts from Kings College London, UK who is co-Chair of the ICDAS Foundation–a non-profit charity which promotes the ICCMS, a caries management system and international harmonisation of caries detection, assessment and management systems in order to improve patient outcomes. Nigel Pitts is a collaborator of Prof Wendell Evans from the University of Sydney, Faculty of Dentistry.

Invitation to AADR-sponsored conference “Toward a Diagnosis Driven Profession 2016”

Researchers from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh have been planning with support from the IADR Global HQ staff, Practice Management Information Corporation (PMIC) and Delta Dental a conference about the adoption of standardized diagnostic terminologies (DxTMs) by dental professionals to improve oral health in the United States. The conference will be held on March 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA, at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Many speakers have accepted the invitation: among them are numerous players in the terminology research arena, such as keynote speaker Dr. James Cimino, (Chief, Laboratory for Informatics Development, NIH Clinical Center & Prof, Biomedical Informatics, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons), important representatives from organized dentistry, such as Dr. Dave Prebble (Vice President, Practice Institute, American Dental Association), nationally renowned interoperability specialists for large scale hospital information technology, such as Dr. John Halamka (CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School), leading representatives of the dental insurance industry, such as Dr. Bill Kohn (Vice President, Dental Science and Policy, Delta Dental Plans Association), and opinion leaders from large group practices, such as Dr. Lyle McClellan (Director of Doctor Development, Willamette Dental Group).

Together, the participants will explore the three critical challenges to enable the widespread use of DxTMs: (1) improve clinicians’ awareness of the relationship between structured diagnostic data and the ability to monitor quality and costs in their dental practices; (2) enable the interoperability of EHR systems by using mapped DxTMs; and (3) enhance the ease of entering diagnostic terms in EHRs at the point of care.

The conference will try to achieve the following goals:

  • increase understanding of DxTMs and acceptance of their key role in improving health care outcomes,
  • explore the logistical and financial impact of implementing DxTMs on EHR vendors, payers/insurers, and providers,
  • create a working group composed of EHR vendors and informaticians tasked with developing clinician-friendly interfaces for entering diagnostic terms into EHR systems.

Please join us in shaping the future of diagnostic terminology in dentistry, its usability in the EHR, and in discussing the roles of ICD, SNODENT and DDS, the diagnostic terminologies increasingly utilized by dentists globally.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar

JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom C – 900 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015 – View Map


Stay tuned to learn here at the DIOC blog more about the conference.

We are looking forward to see you in Los Angeles,
Elsbeth and Heiko

Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD, Chair, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Chief of Quality, Harvard Dental Center, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Heiko Spallek, DMD, PhD, MSBA Associate Professor, Dental Public Health Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Executive Director, Center for Informatics in Oral Health Translational Research School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

COHRI — Dental Schools’ Gateway to Clinical Research

During the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition which was held in San Antonio, TX, I had a chance to talk to Dr. Paul Stark, Professor and Director of Advanced and Graduate Education at Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Stark chairs the COHRI Board of Directors and explained during the interview what COHRI is all about and its vision, linking resources for better research and patient care. He explained that COHRI tries to create, standardize and integrate data using electronic health records; cooperate with other health related institutions to share data; improve informatics utilization in dental education, health care, and research; work together as a consortium to develop research projects to promote evidence based dentistry; and define and facilitate the implementation of best practices and standards of care.
Please watch the interview:

If you are interested in learning more about COHRI or how your institution can join the consortium please contact Dr. Paul Stark at Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine.